Mark Spivak, CPT’s founder, is a nationally known trainer, behaviorist, and canine researcher. The neuroscience research projects he co-founded have been featured prominently on “60 Minutes” and “Nova,” as well as many other media outlets. Mark is also an experienced expert witness in criminal and civil legal cases that involve issues of canine behavior, where he has handled cases from throughout the country.
1) CPT has been in business since 1992.
Unlike many fly by night operations in the pet industry, we have stood the test of time.
2) CPT has trained over 50,000 dogs and over 100 cats.
Not only have we been around, we have been successful. We have experience in both years and numbers.
The CPT-Emory Dog Project is Getting Set for Another Round of Tryouts! The CPT-Emory Dog Project Team has appeared on 60 Minutes, Nova, ABC World News Tonight, and CBS This Morning, been covered by the LA Times, Washington Post, and Atlanta Journal Constitution, and been featured in the websites of Time Magazine, Psychology Today, and […]
Research conducted by Dog Star Technologies, a canine neuroscience company co-founded by CPT’s Mark Spivak, was featured in the Spring 2015 issue of the Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) magazine, “The Companion.” The article, entitled “Understanding How Assistance Dogs Think- Science at Canine Companions for Independence,” discusses bi-coastal research funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and conducted by Dog Star Technologies and Dog Star’s subcontractors Emory University, Georgia Tech University’s entrepreneurial research arm- the Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC), and the University of California, Berkeley.
The Canine Sciences Division of ONR has been gracious in funding The Dog Project. The Dog Project’s mission for ONR is to conduct basic foundation research on canine cognition, emotions, sensory reception, receptive communication, and inhibitory control, with a long-term strategic objective of employing the findings to better identify and train explosive detection and service dogs for military and civilian applications.
Back on February, 22, 2014, Anderson Cooper of the distinguished CBS news documentary 60 Minutes visited CPT to interview Emory Professor Greg Berns, CPT President Mark Spivak, and Georgia Tech Professor Melody Jackson. CBS brought 2 production crews to complete the interviews that occurred earlier in the day at Emory and later in the day […]
With the forthcoming release of their 3rd paper and some groundbreaking research methods and findings, the Emory-CPT Neuroscience Team, also know simply as “The Dog Project,” has received outstanding media attention. The team has been covered by ABC World News Tonight, CBS This Morning, The New York Times, The LA Times, Time Magazine, and Rolling Stone amongst others and will be featured in an upcoming episode of PBS’s Nova series. Yet, the pinnacle may have occurred on February 22, 2014 when two production crews from 60 Minutes visited Emory University and CPT to film live MRI sessions, MRI training sessions, and interviews with the projects’ principals, Prof. Greg Berns and CPT President Mark Spivak. 60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper conducted the interviews.